Psyched to be heading for Boston tomorrow for my first conference of the National Association of Science Writers, thanks to a freelancing fellowship. I fully expect that over the next five days we will hammer out the answers to all the world's ills, so have a relaxed weekend.
As a fan of vultures since childhood (what kind of Kentucky boy isn't?) it's awful to see the rate at which Africa's beautiful giants are being annihilated by poachers, traffickers and herders poisoning livestock carcasses in a misguided attempt to kill predators. For my first piece for the online environmental magazine Mongabay.com, I take a look at how the loss of these marvelous animals would spread disease and radically impact ecosystem health on a continent undergoing an annihilative war for its wildlife.
William H. Funk
I'm a freelance writer focusing on natural history, conservation, and environmental law, policy and politics.